For 2018, the Formula Drift championship’s first stop slides across the ocean-adjacent streets of Long Beach, California. Hosted on the iconic Long Beach Grand Prix course, I think this venue as the season opener is the perfect way to bring in the new year of drifting competition. Here’s why…
Today, at the close of the series’ 2017 season at Irwindale Speedway, two monumental moments in the sport have come to pass: A thoroughly European team and driver have won Season Championship honors in the American series, and the beloved House of Drift has given us our final of so many fond memories along the way.
Formula Drift’s season opener on the streets of Long Beach, California saw a new challenger mix into the fray between the series stalwarts. Fresh from a seven-year hiatus, James Deane shook up the Formula Drift competition.
Formula Drift’s 13th season opener in the rain was comparable to professional bull riding on ice. That is, if a rider had to navigate a bull sideways through the slippery city streets of Long Beach, California while riding next to another bull.